The Equinox Yoga Video, narrated by Briohny Smyth.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 15, 2012
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In the Studio: Briohny Smyth.

She’s no mere “model.” She’s a teacher.

“No matter the length of your practice, try to close with savasana or seated meditation. You might use this time to set an intention for the rest of your day, recite a mantra, or even affirmations that inspire you.

Ultimately…searching…for a quiet mind.”

Now, the world’s biggest yoga video is a learning opportunity.

The Equinox instructor (and internet sensation) narrates her personal body-bending, back-opening flow.

The original: 2.5 million views in one month. And, counting:

Bonus handstand help via Briohny:

The parody, by our new friend Stusser (complete with tattoo):


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


25 Responses to “The Equinox Yoga Video, narrated by Briohny Smyth.”

  1. alikbrundrett says:

    She's so unbelievable, it's amazing!

  2. I agree–what a phenomenally strong, amazing yogini!

  3. karlsaliter says:

    I want to hear the narration from the sleeping guy.

  4. Tanya Lee Markul says:


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  5. krys says:

    Beautiful model im going to try to incorporate the headstand and more back bends in my routine now thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Elyse says:

    She's so stunning and inspiring. "The original: 2.5 million views in one month. And, counting"…I'm sure that nearly a million of those were me.

  7. Whatever. Equinox? No doubt she is gorgeous and uber fit, but to me it seemed like an acrobatic routine. Don't get me wrong, acrobats are amazing. I like acrobats.The parody was far more authentic, in my opinion.

  8. Vision_Quest2 says:

    You better believe it!

    But aesthetic snobbery prohibits the two of them doing an Acro routine together …

    Nuff said.

  9. elephantjournal says:

    Actually, they're buddies.

  10. Jason Gan says:

    Great exercise routine, but for a morning routine I recommend joint mobility exercises (pavanmuktasana) followed by 6 rounds surya namaskara, or similar, combined with many chair pose to forward folding movements, to bring fluidity and mobility to the lower back and legs, which will be very stiff and inflexible in the morning. After about half and hour of warming the body, if you are not already sore, then you will be ready for handstands. But you should know this from experience of waking up at 6 a.m. (or earlier).

  11. elephantjournal says:

    Thanks, Jason! You should write a blog about morning yoga for ele, if so inspired, would be great to share. write at if you're interested. ~ Waylon.

  12. lynn says:

    why wearing lingerie. ……again

  13. elephantjournal says:

    Seems like a sporta bra. The idea is morning yoga, methinks. But you're saying "why sexy"? Doesn't seem overtly sexual to me, and most of my pals feel same way. But each to her own!

  14. aurelia says:

    beautiful and impressive strength and stretching. yoga this is not. saying "reconnect with my breath" and "yoga is about X" sounds good but doesn't make it yoga. as for showing off in her underwear, all young women should if they can. the perfect body doesn't last, even if we assiduously practice yoga 🙂 so visual proof later is lovely to have. she's a gymnast; very fun to watch.

  15. Maya says:

    Ok, now thats just undermining people's intellegence, and the AD didn't piss me off the 1st time, but that did! u got paid to sell sex. "And now I open my legs and stimulate my clitoris to ensure proper lubrication of the cavity", still sex, lol!

  16. lynn says:

    hmmmm guess you think I just don't" GET" it right…it's "morning yoga" and a "sports bra"………..paleeezzzzzzz

  17. Elyse says:

    &&& to the "why wearing lingerie…again" comment – they shot three different videos in the same day but chose the most popular video of arm balances to put on the Equinox website. This is just another of the three videos.

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  24. Theo says:

    I'm curious to learn why u feel this is 'not' yoga – but merely gymnastics. What's the difference (as it relates to Briohny's video)? It's clear she is a certified yoga teacher – so she knows yoga. The postures are clearly yoga postures. Her mind, body & breath are very connected as she gracefully flows from one pose to the next. She ends her routine in meditation. It looks like yoga to me. What am i mising? Please enlighten me. Thank U.

  25. THeo says:

    What was missing from Briohny's routine that makes it 'not' yoga – but acrobatics? How could her routine be 'more' authentic from your perspective? Thank U.